Social Science Research Professional 2

Stanford University

Stanford, CA

ID: 7056547
Posted: March 20, 2019

Job Description

The Department of Pediatrics, Division of Neonatal and Developmental Medicine aims to provide optimum state-of-the-art care for critically ill and recovering neonates and infants. We are dedicated to the School of Medicine’s mission of advancing and exploring innovative and novel biomedical, translational, and clinical research and education through the nurturing stimulation of interactions among basic and clinical scientists, clinicians, and educators throughout the School of Medicine and University, as well as with the private and public sectors. Through our integrated research, education, patient, and community outreach programs, we are committed to maintaining the highest standards of academic medicine and patient care. A component of the Division’s research is focused on Epidemiology.

The Profit Lab uses a transdisciplinary team science to optimize health care delivery for sick neonates and their families. The lab has interest in facilitating this goal at the level of the healthcare system, as well as the level of individual care delivery facilities. A key strength of our lab is access to California Perinatal Quality Care Collaborative (CPQCC) resources. CPQCC facilitates quality improvement activities across the state, via audit and feedback of clinical and operational data and via active quality improvement collaborative programs centered around clinical improvement aims. Nearly all neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) in California are members of the CPQCC. Uniquely, CPQCC data are linked to a variety of data sources, which allow for investigation of maternal health, socio-demographic background, infant inter-hospital transfer, and long-term infant follow up.

The Profit Lab’s current research projects addresses the health care delivery system at the hospital level. Our research focuses on reducing burnout among healthcare professionals, the effect of teamwork and safety culture on healthcare delivery, and disparities in health care delivery. With the CPQCC, we are working on innovative ways to promote quality improvement capacity state-wide.

We are seeking a full-time (1.0 FTE) Research Associate (SSRP2) to perform work to support the multiple research studies in the Profit Lab.

Duties include:

• Assist in designing experiments, exercising independent initiative and judgment gained from completing a variety of high level assignments, including activities such as defining variables, formulating hypotheses, and selecting subjects, sources of information, or planned and coordinating experimental protocols.
• Adapt or work out the details of new, nonstandard procedures, with the supervisor providing only general guidance and suggestions.
• Interpret, synthesize, and analyze data using scientific or statistical techniques.
• Solve problems, and make decisions which affect the direction of the research and result in independent contributions to the overall project.
• Select and apply standard calculations and formulas independently to compile data or process documents; often serve as a resource for research methods and numerical analyses.
• Co-author sections of research publications and regulatory reports as needed.
• Supervise staff or students as needed, including oversight and instruction on techniques, as well as consultation on project work.

* - Other duties may also be assigned

• Graduate level preparation/degree in related field highly desired.
• Demonstrated experience with statistical programs highly desired.


Bachelor of Arts degree in an applicable social science related field and two years applicable experience, or combination of education and experience in an applicable social science.

• Comprehensive understanding of scientific theory and methods.
• General computer skills and ability to quickly learn and master computer programs.
• Strong analytical skills and excellent judgment.
• Ability to work under deadlines with general guidance.
• Excellent organizational skills and demonstrated ability to complete detailed work accurately.
• Demonstrated oral and written communication skills.
• Ability to work with human study participants.
• Developing supervisory skills.


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